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Poster: summerseve Date: Aug 5, 2004 12:01am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: Volition

[Posting this in a new thread for clarity's sake]
2muchtv wrote:
Was it because of the fragile nature of the male psyche of the time? The sense that a woman had to be powerless to be attractive? Did the film maker fear that if the woman removed her top herself the audience would become fearful of the woman character exerting control over her own state of dress? Would the film had been less titillating to it's intended audience?

To me, the movie is a fascinating insight into the tensions that existed at the time between man, woman, society and power, and a great addition to he archives.


I understand your point, but the film struck me quite differently. Though this is politically incorrect, it seemed to me that the woman in the film WAS the one with the power. She has what the filmmaker wants, and what the audience wants, but doles it out when and if she desires. Yes, she feigns powerlessness against the waves (the forces of nature), but not against men. She pretends to be at the mercy of the tide, but clearly she could either just hold up her top, or move out of the way. But her actions express her true intention: to show just enough to keep the audience fascinated, without giving it all away. In 1950's America, her body WAS her power, and she wisely uses only enough to get the job done...
Or am I nuts? Please discuss.

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Poster: 2muchtv Date: Aug 5, 2004 2:12am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: Volition

Great observation, on both posts - so does power come from the having, or the wanting? Or, is it the juxtopostion of having the right thing that is wanted? And can that power be waekened or strengthened by the availability or the desire level? Did women in that era prefer to live in a world where access to their nudity was restricted, so any nudity was power? Does restricting access to nudity, and increasing desire, maintain the status quo?

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Poster: ridetheory Date: Aug 5, 2004 12:56pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: Volition

Interesting questions -- I'm just going to enjoy them as rhetorical questions rather than address them because... it's been a long day.

Here's a blanket answer -- "YEAH!"

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Poster: summerseve Date: Aug 5, 2004 10:23pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: Volition

Before moving on to the controversial topic of public transportation...something just occurred to me. Maybe the star of our seaside peep show wasn't a paid actress. This may well have been a home movie made by a pair of fun-loving 50's swingers. Judging by the lack of production values, it actually makes some sense. And it could account for her cheerful demeanor: she's actually teasing her real-life lover, not trying to make a few bucks by posing for a skin flick. Viewed with this theory in mind, the film is throughly enjoyable, in fact charming.
Since we'll never know, I think I'll choose to believe...

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Poster: summerseve Date: Aug 5, 2004 10:30pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: Volition

p.s. Bravo on the septic tank analogy!

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Poster: ridetheory Date: Aug 5, 2004 12:43am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: Volition

Good points, but I think the truth lies somewhere between. Yes, she's got it, and he wants it, therefore, she's got some power. As soon as she sells it, she transfers that power to him.

If an employer is having a tough time finding people to clean septic tanks, and I can negotiate a darned nice wage for the work, I have some power. I still have to climb into a septic tank.

The young lady in the film is somewhat luckier -- all she has to do is pretend to be surprised when a wave knocks her bikini top off. We'll never know if she went home that evening and said, "Ha ha, that was easy," or "What have I done?"

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